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2019.06.12 Cadogan Hall, London – Music for Syria Concert

Music for Syria Concert

Cadogan Hall, Sloane Terrace, London SW1

Wednesday 12 June 2019, 7.30pm

90 minutes to raise £90,000 in aid of the Hands Up Foundation


A unique evening of music, readings and entertainment with a stellar cast of performers, hosted by Petroc Trelawny and curated by Iain Burnside.

Music for Syria offers an inspiring and uplifting evening to raise money for the Hands Up Foundation, funding aid projects in and around Syria.

Featuring Mitsuko Uchida, Simon Keenlyside, Riyad Nicolas and Betjeman Poetry Prize winner of 2017 Amineh Abou Kerech whose poem Sea will be performed as a song specially composed for the evening by composer Alex Woolf. Many other special guests will join the evening, an event unlike any other to remember Syrians in need and do something positive to help.

Simon Keenlyside was unable to perform in this concert, as he was unwell on the day. He was replaced by Brett Polegato


Mitsuko Uchida piano
Simon Keenlyside     Brett Polegato, baritone
Riyad Nicolas piano
The Heath Quartet
Rowan Pierce soprano
Alex Woolf composer/piano
Amineh Abou Kerech poet
Iain Burnside piano
David Dimbleby
Jan Ravens
Lindsey Hilsum
Waad al-Kateab
Samuel West
Petroc Trelawny host



Programme includes:

Beethoven from String Quartet, Op. 59 No. 2 (first movement) – Heath Quartet
Mark Twain: Entering Damascus – Jan Ravens
Schubert: Impromptu in C Minor – Dame Mitsuko Uchida
Lament for Syria – Amineh Abou Kerech
James MacMillan – The Children; Schubert Der blinde Knabe – Rowan Pierce & Iain Burnside
Nizar Qabbani from ‘Damascus, What are you doing to me? – David Dimbleby
Talk – Waad al-Kateab & Lindsey Hilsum
Poulenc from L’Histoire de Babar – Iain Burnside & Samuel West
Dia al Succari Feirouzade, Danse de Laila; Paganini/Liszt Étude No. 6 in A minor – Riyad Nicolas
Britten Billy Budd’s aria – Simon Keenlyside   Songs by Barber, Bennett and Howells – Brett Polegato
Ravel from String Quartet in F (first movement) – Heath Quartet
Alex Woolf:  Deep Water (setting extract from Lament for Syria) – Rowan Pierce & Alex Woolf



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